Mirrored shades, knee-high socks, embroidered mocknecks: bad jock style is secretly high fashion.
Ten years ago, it might’ve sounded crazy, but today it’s taken as a given: the NBA and NFL employ many of the most stylish men alive. Major League Baseball, on the other hand, has some catching up to do in the style department. Let’s just say we don’t study these guys’ pre-game tunnel fits with the rapt attention we reserve for hoops. Which makes it all the more amusing that what we’ve taken to calling baseball player style is having a fashion moment right now. Think Oakley-style shades, and batting practice-ready cutoffs. Of course, pulling these pieces off isn’t as easy as packing a dinger and growing a Goose Gossage mustache. There’s a difference between breaking out of your comfort zone with a pair of, say, gold-frame sunglasses, and then there is rolling up to the bar looking in 1993’s finest threads, Lenny Dykstra-style. But we’ll let you decide for yourself; here’s a look at some of the baseball jock trends currently permeating the style scene. If none of these speak to you, you’re still in luck: there’s always a good, old-fashioned baseball cap.
Mirrored Blade Sunglasses
No baseball player worth his weight in peanuts shows up to the stadium—let alone sunny spring training—without a pair of deeply ridiculous, even more practical wrap-around sunglasses. Now, thanks to the resurgence of ’90s style and all things bad taste, these mirrored shades are showing up off the field too. Just look at Pharrell at the iHeart Radio Music awards this weekend.
Logo’d Out Windbreakers
Brightly colored, logo-happy nylon jackets happen to be the province of pitchers who make it to the basepaths. Now, they’re also every menswear nerd and streetwear fan’s favorite style flex.
Flashy Half-Calf Athletic Socks
You don’t really see stirrups—or knee-high socks—all that often these days on the diamond, but they’ve never been trendier in mainstream fashion. Half-calf socks in bright colors and bold graphics worn with just-too-short pants have become a uniform for the street style set over the last couple of years.
Embroidered Cotton Turtlenecks
The embroidered mock-neck and fold-over turtlenecks baseball players have worn under their jerseys for years have also been co-opted by cool kids, who are pledging their allegiance with fashion logos instead of team names. The look is vaguely nerdy, ’90s, and athletic-minded in a way that’s very right now, though guys who don’t sit front row at Calvin Klein shows (see: Kyle MacLachlan) tend to stick with plain cotton styles.
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